Bok Tower Postcard

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Title

Bok Tower Postcard

Alternative Title

Bok Tower Postcard

Subject

Bok Tower Gardens (Lake Wales, Fla.)
Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930
Postcards--Florida
Botanical gardens--Florida--Orlando
Bird sanctuaries
Carillons--United States

Description

Postcard sent in 1938 showing the Magnificent Singing Tower at the Bok Tower Gardens, located at 1151 Tower Boulevard in Lake Wales, Florida. Edward Bok retired to the town of Lake Wales, located south of Orlando. Bok set out a plan to establish a natural garden and bird sanctuary where people to visit to quietly enjoy nature. He engaged Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. to design the grounds and asked architect Milton B. Medary to design and build a carillon tower. Lee Lawrie, a noted sculptor from New York, designed the elaborate marble sculpture that adorns the tower. Work was completed in 1928, and on February 1, 1929, President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the Sanctuary. Edward Bok died less than a year later in 1930 and was buried at the foot of the tower. The tower and the carillon housed inside is Bok Tower Gardens' most distinctive feature.The carillon consists of sixty bells, ranging in size from sixteen pounds to just under twelve tons. The bells are played like an organ with the keys connected to the clappers of each bell. Bok Tower has had only three regular carillonneurs in its more than seventy years. The Sanctuary's first carillonneur was Anton Brees, serving as the only carillonneur from 1928 until 1967. Milford Myhre has been the resident carillonneur since 1968. William De Turk has been the assistant carillonneur since 1993. De Turk is also the librarian of the Anton Brees Carillon Library, which is reportedly the largest and most comprehensive carillon library in the world.

Creator

Barnhill, E. G.
C. T. Curt Teich & Company, Inc.

Source

Original 3.5 x 5.5 inch color postcard by E. G. Barnhill and C. T. Curt Teich & Company, Inc., 1938: Florida Post Card Company, Jacksonville, Florida: Private Collection of Thomas Cook.

Publisher

Florida Post Card Company

Date Created

1938

Date Copyrighted

1938

Date Issued

1938

Contributor

Cook, Thomas

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 3.5 x 5.5 inch color postcard by E. G. Barnhill and C. T. Curt Teich & Company, Inc., 1938: Florida Post Card Company, Jacksonville, Florida

Is Part Of

Private Collection of Thomas Cook.
Postcard Collection, Thomas Cook Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

803 KB

Medium

3.5 x 5.5 inch color postcard

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Lake Wales, Florida

Spatial Coverage

27.935373, -81.57751

Temporal Coverage

1938-01-01/1938-12-31

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by E. G. Barnhill and Curt Teich & Company, Inc. and published by the Florida Post Card Company.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the E. G. Barnhill and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cook, Thomas

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Thomas Cook

External Reference

"Our History." Bok Tower Gardens. http://boktowergardens.org/tower-gardens/our-history/.
"Bok Tower Gardens." Floridata. http://www.floridata.com/tracks/GardenGallery/bok/bok1.cfm.
Bok Tower Gardens (Lake Wales, Fla.). Bok Tower Gardens. Lake Wales, Fla: Bok Tower Gardens Foundation, 1981.
Bok Tower Gardens (Lake Wales, Fla.). The Bok Tower Gardens Newsletter. Lake Wales, FL: The Gardens, 1980.
Smith, Margaret. The Edward Bok Legacy: A History of Bok Tower Gardens: The First Fifty Years. Lake Wales, Fla: Bok Tower Gardens Foundation, 2002.

Transcript

13 THE MAGINFICENT SINGING TOWER, LAKE WALES, FLA.
COPYRIGHT BY E. G. BARNHILL

Lun[?] March 6

Dear Harry

We arrived at Lake Wales last eve got a comfortable room and came [?] this beautiful this afternoon to hear the Bells at 8 o'clock which will be soon. We will stay here tonight and have an early start for Vero Beach we are having a wonderful time seeing lots of thing.

Lovingly Nathan[?]

Mr. J. Harry Clanahan
302- 1st Nat'l[?] Bank Bld.
East St. Louis, Illinois

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

1 color postcard

Physical Dimensions

3.5 x 5.5 inch

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